10 Perfect Places to Visit in Hanoi – For Your Best Travel Experience

Lê Ngọc Minh Châu - October 31, 2018

Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam boasts a host of foreign tourists from all parts of the world pregnant with many historical and cultural value. Visiting to Hanoi, you will be in the journey  festive atmosphere of popular events and occasions or enjoy the tranquility of an afternoon sitting silently in West Lake or Hoan Kiem Lake. But what are the best places to visit in Hanoi ?


The tranquility and peace of Hanoi streets full of yellow leaves

The tranquility and peace of Hanoi streets full of yellow leaves

For the newcomers who first travel Hanoi or those having less experience in visiting this capital, it's difficult to answer this question. This writing offers tourists 9 perfect places to visit in Hanoi which receives lots of positive feedbacks from both locals and foreign travelers.

Let's carry your packages traveling Hanoi now!

1. Hanoi Old Quarter - Cultural adventure in 36 ancient streets 

When taking a journey to Hanoi Capital, tourists are highly advised to have a glance at Old Quarter in Hanoi, considered as one of the significant landmarks in this cultural and historical landmarks. Hanoi Old Quarter boasts its 36 bustle streets which only specialized one particular trade in the past.

Riding a cyclo around Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most fascinating things to do in Hanoi

Riding a cyclo around Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most fascinating things to do in Hanoi

Wandering along the narrow alleys of the Old Quarter will brings tourists an unforgettable memory in their trip in Hanoi. You will have a chance to meet locals and explore more the daily lifestyle as well as their customs and traditions. Besides, the Vietnamese local cuisines along the vendors on the road are also mouthwatering, which makes you never forget in your whole life.

  • Location: Hanoi Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

2. Water Puppet, the one and only show in Vietnam

You are a fan of Vietnamese traditional art?

You want to discover more this water puppetry?

Don't miss water puppet performances displayed in Thang Long Theater by the skilled hands of professional artists. The perfect combination between dancing and elegantly sliding puppets will make all of you satisfied when setting your foot on this place. 

Watching these intriguing shows, tourists seem to understand the inner voice of the labor farmers as well as explore more the daily routine closely related to wet-rice cultivation.

  • Location: 57B, Dinh Tien Hoang Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: Daily shows at 13:00, 16:10, 17:20, 16:30 and 20:00
  • Average ticket cost: INR 300/- per person (VND 100,000)
  • More information: Water Puppet Show

3. Dong Xuan Market - Let's go shopping like a local!

Traveling to some place of interest, tourists can't miss going shopping, right?

Foreign tourists, especially shopaholics maybe enjoy the bustle atmosphere of Dong Xuan Market, the largest outdoor market in Hanoi. In Dong Xuan market, there are lots of shops and stores that display a variety of goods from accessories, cloths, jewelleries to toys, handicrafts. It's really one of the can't-miss places to visit in Hanoi.

A charming corner of Dong Xuan Market

A charming corner of Dong Xuan Market

Let's try to bargain for your favorite product!

  • Location: Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: 6:00 – 19:00

4. Hoan Kiem Lake - Peaceful space in the center of bustle Hanoi

If you want to take a escape from the hustle and bustle of Hanoi busy city, a stroll along Hoan Kiem Lake will be a perfect choice. 

Hoan Kiem Lake with its historical and cultural values

Visiting Hoan Kiem Lake, you will hear the legend of Returning Sword handed down from generation to generation. Around Hoan Kiem Lake's perimeter, tourists can glance at Ngoc Son Temple and the red scarlet The Huc Bridge.

  • Location: Trong street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi

5. Long Bien Bridge - A heroic symbol of Hanoians during war time

If you want to travel further inside Hanoi, consider to visit Long Bien Bridge!

Enduring two grim Vietnam's wars, this bridge still remains its pristine beauty, offering a wonderful spot for photographs. Let's enjoy the cool fresh air, the whisper of the winds and the birds singing when crossing over Long Bien Bridge.

6. Hanoi Train Street - One of the best places to visit in Hanoi recently

Have you ever lived in a place that train passes through everyday? If not, just one time truly have this unique experience. Ready to take  risk and be mesmerized yet?

Unique pictures only in Hanoi Train Street

Unique pictures only in Hanoi Train Street

It's totally worth a new urban phenomenon because nowhere else has. Have a nice drink on the railway, why not? The chance of your lifetime right in front of your look and don't miss that!

Have a drink on the railway

Have a drink on the railway. You don't always have a chance to do this, do you?

Where is this fabulous Hanoi Train Street?

Hanoi Train Street has 2 parts:

  • One along Phung Hung street, across Tran Phu Street and Dien Bien Phu street, so close to Old Quarter. As you may know, Trompe-l’œil Murals of Hanoi (Hanoi fresco street) is just about 50 meters from it.
  • The other one is in the area between Le Duan Street and Kham Thien Street, where Hanoi train station is nearby

When to visit Hanoi Train Street

It's necessary to get useful information when trains pass by.

  • On Phung Hung street
    • Weekdays: only one time train pass through is 7 pm
    • Weekends: there are about 2 or 3 times train will come: 3:15 pm, 7 pm and 7:45 pm
  • On Kham Thien Street, train will go through more often, you can see on this picture

7. Museum of Ethnology, the divergence of 54 different Vietnamese tribal groups

One of the must-see places to visit in Hanoi is Museum of Ethnology, a scientific ethnological center of Vietnam as well as a convergence of cultures and customs.

Indoor section, a place exhibiting daily culture of ethnic minorities

Indoor section, a place exhibiting daily culture of ethnic minorities

Displaying approximately 15.000 artefacts, 40.000 photographs and many audio-visual tapes, Museum of Ethnology allures thousand flocks of local inhabitants as well as tourists gathering here.One highlight of this museum is the outdoor section owns many houses modeling after the residence of ethnic groups.

A model of Communal House in Museum of Ethnology

A model of Communal House in Museum of Ethnology

  • Location: Nguyen Van Huyen, Nghia Do, Cau Giay District, Hanoi
  • Opening hours: Daily from 8:30 to 17:30 except Monday
  • Entrance fee: 40.000 VND/person ($2)

8. Ho Chi Minh Complex - Places to visit in Hanoi

Have you heard about President noble of Vietnam who sacrifices the whole life for the protecting and building the country?

If you desire to know more about his daily life and nice personalities, you won't regret when coming Ho Chi Minh Complex, considered the heart of every Vietnamese people. Queuing in the gate of Ho Chi Minh Museum, you seek a tremendous chance to observe the final resting place of our president.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated on Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated on Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi

Around its perimeter, tourists can come head to the residence of Uncle. Ho, also known as Stilt House. You will understand more the simple but pure life of Ho Chi Minh and feed carps in the front pool. It sounds amazing, right?

Stilt House, the home of Uncle. Ho when he was alive

Stilt House, the home of Uncle. Ho when he was alive

Besides, tourists can pass by One-pillar Pagoda with its unique architecture in shape of a lotus and Presidential Palace, the working place of Vietnamese government.

  • Location: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
  • Opening hours:
    • Tuesday – Thursday 07:30 – 10:30
    • Saturday & Sunday 07:30 – 11:00

9. Temple of Literature, the first university of Vietnam

Vietnamese take a pride in the fondness for learning with many talented students achieving great accomplishment for the country every year. Located in the southern direction of of Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, the original purpose of this temple is honor Confucius, a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

Temple of Literature, the temple of Confucius in Vietnam

Temple of Literature, the temple of Confucius in Vietnam

In the Ly dynasty, the temple only served for the sons of the Kings and royal relatives. Nowadays, it is open to every high-ranked students in all regions of the S-shaped land.  With ornate pavilions, shrines, and a verdant garden full of colorful flowers and green trees, this temple has become a symbol of Vietnamese architecture as well as one of the best places to visit in Hanoi.

  • Timing: 8:30 – 16:30(Tuesday – Sunday)
  • Location: 58 Quoc Tu Giam, Van Mieu, Dong Da
  • Entrance fee: INR 30/- per person (VND 10,000)

10. Hoa Lo Prison, truly feel the dark time of Vietnamese history

If you desire to get the deeper understanding on the grim wars of Vietnamese against invaders, don't miss Hoa Lo Prison, where the French colonialists proudly called it an unbreakable prison.

Constructed in dates ranging from 1886–1889 to 1898-1901 during the period when Vietnam was still a member of French Indochina, Hoa Lo Prison or also called Maison Centrale is infamous for its cruel hundred methods of torturing. Nowadays, only corner of Hoa Lo Prison is maintained as a museum to express the respects to patriotic Vietnamese people.

  • Location: 1 Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
  • Entrance fee: INR 90/- per person (VND 30,000)

Here is the list of 9 must-see places to visit in Hanoi.

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